Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off the distribution of emergency Agricultural inputs to over three hundred thousand farmers affected by the flood disaster in the year 2020, Njenje Media news reports.
President Buhari, the Chairman National Food Security Council was represented by Kebbi state governor and Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council, Atiku Bagudu during the flagg off ceremony in Birnin Kebbi.
The 2020 unfortunate flood incident resulted in the displacement of several communities, damage to infrastructure, destruction of crop lands and widespread environmental dislocation.
President Buhari said the intervention was approved to provide emergency agricultural inputs specifically to further support farmers that lost their crops as a result of the inundation of their farmlands and the cutting off of access to croplands during the flood disaster.
He said it an additional support from the Federal Government through the National Food Security Council under his leadership.
The President said it is important to ensure the successful implementation of this intervention so as to assist farmers with modern farm inputs and seeds that will support their speedy recovery from the disaster impact.
He called on Nigerians to monitor the distribution to ensure the items gets to the actual farmers that suffer lost during the devastating flooding.
According to him non governmental organisation, faith based organisation, community leaders, youth groups and the media are expected to ensure the intervention.programme get to the right persons.
The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA is the implementation agency and had earlier identified the affected farmers through a joint assessments effort with the various State emergency Management Agencies as well as other partners.
Items to be distributed include seedlings of rice, maize, sorghum, fertilizers, pesticide, water pumping machines, sprayers and other farm implements.